Entries tagged with: The Germs
by Bill Pearis
Will Oldham and Colm O'Leary in 'New Jerusalem'
When not making records, Will Oldham has been known to act occasionally, most memorably in the 2006 indie drama Old Joy, though he has roles stretching back to John Sayles' 1987 film Matewan. His latest is New Jerusalem and his first starring role since Old Joy. The synopsis:
Sean, an Irish immigrant to America, returning from military service in Afghanistan, finds his heart and mind in disarray. He befriends IKE, (Will Oldham, in his first leading roll since Old Joy) a strong willed Evangelical Christian, who endeavors to ensure the fragile Seanʼs salvation. A meditation on mutual need and frailty, New Jerusalem explores the allure and limitations of modern utopian belief.You can watch the trailer for the film below. New Jerusalem opens in NYC today (11/30) where it is showing at Videology in Wiliamsburg though December 6. Tickets are on sale. Co-star Colm O'Leary will be in attendance at tonight screenings, and at Saturday's (12/1) screenings will have O'Leary, director Rick Alverson and producer Courtney Bowles. If you can't make it to one of the screenings, New Jerusalem is also available to download via iTunes and other digital outlets.
In other Videology news, I am helping progam (and host) the bar/cafe/theater's new Music Mondays series which kicks off this Monday (12/3) with Penelope Spheeris' essential 1981 L.A. punk documentary Decline of Western Civilization which remains unavailable on DVD (as does it's hair metal sequel). We're pairing Decline with the infamous "punk rock" episode of NBC series Quincy, "Next Stop, Nowhere," which has to be seen to be believed. Trailers and clipsfor both are below. The screening starts at 9:30 (New Jerusalem shows at 7 PM) and is FREE. We're still figuring out the rest of the schedule for Music Mondays (and how often they'll happen) but Videology's screening schedule is here.
And speaking of Rick Alverson, it's one of two movies he currently has in theaters, the other being The Comedy, which BrooklynVegan presented a free screening of a few weeks back and opens in Austin tonight. It will also be showing at Videology from December 14 - 20.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) recently put out a Christmas song and has live shows coming out too.
Trailers and clips from New Jerusalem, The Comedy, Decline of Western Civilization and the "punk rock" Quincy episode are below.
"I just saw The Germs at Mercury Lounge. Amazing. Obviously Darby wasn't there. Shane West has taken over the role of lead singer in real life." [Jake Fogelnast]
Maximo Park is playing Webster Hall on September 21st. Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon).
"The Germs" are playing a show with Krum Bums at Mercury Lounge on July 2nd. Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon).
No tickets necessary to see Ted Leo and Yeasayer at Pier 54.
by Black Bubblegum
Shane West shares a beer with a fan (Roger Krueger / www.punktures.com)
Remember that screening of What We Do Is Secret? Well, in an act of what the corporate types call "synergy", west coast punk legends The Germs (3/4 of 'em anyway) will play the Blender Theater (with Murphy's Law) on the same day that the movie hits Sunshine Cinema on Houston St in NYC, 8/8/08. Tickets for the show are on sale, tickets for the film are not (but will be here). Full tour dates are below.
It could be said that The Germs along with X, Fear, and Black Flag, were the most influential of the west coast punk bands of that era, and were documented in the now classic Penelope Spheeris documentary The Decline Of Western Civilization. Members of The Germs went on to join bands like 45 Grave, Nervous Gender, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, even The Go-Go's (yes, "Heaven IS A Place On Earth").
The LAist reviewed What We Do Is Secret almost a year ago.
Germs (movie) videos (the trailer) and all tour dates below....
The Germs biopic "What We Do Is Secret" will hit U.S. theaters in August thanks to a newly signed distribution deal with Peace Arch Entertainment, Billboard has learned. Screenings will be held New York (Aug. 8), Chicago (Aug. 15) and Los Angeles (Aug. 23).
Co-writer/director Rodger Grossman spent 10 years trying to get the movie made, ultimately convincing the mother of late Germs frontman Darby Crash to give her approval.
Actor Shane West portrays Crash, who died of a heroin overdose at age 22 in 1980. The other actors who play the Germs' members were taught to play instruments by Pat Smear, the band's original guitarist and music producer on the film, and their recordings were used in the movie.